Come Celebrate your PEI Symphony as we celebrate the first concert of our 45th season, presented through the very generous support of the Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation!
“Autumn Tempest” , October 14th 2:30pm, at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
- Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto, by Canadian composer Peter Allen and featuring Allen as piano soloist
- “Rákóczi March” from The Damnation of Faust, by Hector Berlioz
- Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World”, by Antonín Dvořák
Don’t miss this stormy premier for our 45th season, featuring two popular classics by Beethoven and Borodin, and new works by two talented PEI composers.
On Sunday October 14th 2011, the PEI Symphony’s 45th season starts with a storm with an exciting new Canadian work entitled Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto, with the composer Peter Allen performing with the orchestra as the featured piano soloist. Peter Allen has continually delighted audiences with his virtuosity and soulful artistry. As a concert pianist, he is often heard on CBC regional and national radio and is well known to audiences in the Maritimes and throughout Canada for his captivating interpretations. Also on the program is the very popular New World Symphony by Dvorak and the Rákóczi March from The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz. This concert has been made possible by the generous support of the Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation.
Commissioned by CBC Radio 2, the Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto was world-premiered by Symphony Nova Scotia in 2008 with Peter Allen as soloist, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the storm that made such an impact on two provincial capitals. The work features five movements beginning with a ‘pastoral’ and then a second movement which according to Allen expresses the fascination that people feel “when wacky weather starts”. The work then takes an ominous transition to a “much thicker and louder” third movement, “and it’s the longest … because it had to get on your nerves a little bit, just like the storm really did.” The fourth movement features a minimal piano candenza as a transition to the final movement which features bright friendly themes that “mark the camaraderie in the community fostered by the storm”.
“Episodic passages tumbled over one another like a mountain torrent with striking intuitive logic, keeping us on the edge of our seats with its irresistible power” Halifax Chronicle Herald, Sept 28 2008
Peter Allen is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Dalhousie University’s Department of Music, and conducts the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra.
Also on the program, the Rákóczi March is sometimes referred to as the unofficial state anthem of Hungary. The first version of this anonymous march-song dates from the early 18th century, created to lament the misfortune of the Magyars under the Habsburgs. Refined in the 19th century, the song inspired many references including the popular version Hector Berlioz included within his larger composition La Damnation de Faust in 1846. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was a key French composer and conductor known for many works including Symphonie Fantastique, for influencing the development of the Romantic movement with composers like Wagner, Rimsky-Korsakov, Liszt, Mahler and others, and for his contributions to modern instrumentation and orchestration.
The Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World”, is by far the most popular work by Antonín Dvořák, and one of the most popular works in the entire repertoire for any symphony orchestra. Often known as the New World Symphony, it was written in 1893 while Dvořák was the director of the New York Conservatory. Dvořák claimed to be greatly inspired by Native American music and the African-American spirituals, and felt strongly that North American music should focus on this rich foundation. Others hear the folk music of his native Bohemia in the New World Symphony, but all classical music lovers can find something to treasure in this famous and easily recognizable work.
To help make it easy for families to enjoy orchestral music together, the PEI Symphony continues to offer discounted tickets for youth and students at $15 for any seat in the house.
The PEI Symphony is delighted to continue our partnership with The Maple Grille restaurant with the popular “Symphony and Supper” special offer. Bring two ticket stubs from the October 14th concert, order two entrées, and receive 50% off the second entrée. This offer is valid for reservations only on Sunday October 14th and Monday October 15th at The Maple Grille at 67 University Avenue.
At 1:15pm PEISO Conductor James Mark will host our regular Pre-Concert Talk’ in Studio One. UPEI musicologist Annette Campbell and PEISO Composer-In-Residence Jim O’Leary join Dr. Mark to discuss the music of the afternoon concert, along with interesting aspects of its composition, performance and history
Come Celebrate your PEI Symphony!